Yes. But they have to pay you for it.
Some employees – such as call center workers – use many software programs to do their jobs. Some employers require that you be at your desk with all systems up and running before clocking in. Under state and Federal law, this preliminary boot up time should be paid for by your employer because it is time spent for the benefit of your employer. Click here to learn more about a case The Hayber Law Firm is handling on this topic